More about Exercise
Yes, this is a topic that I repeat over and over. And, yes, I know that you may be bored reading about it, but it is worth repeating. There are regularly new studies that support the evidence that regular moderate exercise is important for breast cancer survivors. It is also one of the very few things that we can control. Almost everything about cancer is completely outside of our ability to control of manage it, but how much we move is up to us.
We know the regular exercise helps us with weight control, overall health, and, increasingly, there is data suggesting that it may reduce the recurrence risk. This particular study from the Carolina Breast Cancer Project found that less than one in three women after breast cancer met the minimum recommendation: 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. One hundred and fifty minutes split over seven days is really not so much. You can walk or swim or go to the gym or dance or energetically garden. Just get up, lace up those sneakers, and move.
Here is the start of the report from Reuters and then a link to read more:
Women with breast cancer don’t get enough exercise: study
By Shereen Lehman
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Only one in three women living with breast cancer is meeting current physical activity guidelines, suggests a new study.African American women, who tend to have higher rates of death from breast cancer than white women, were less likely to meet the guidelines.
“Physical activity is thought to lower the risk of other diseases among breast cancer survivors, increase their overall quality of life and reduce their mortality from breast cancer and other diseases,” Andrew Olshan told Reuters Health in an email. He worked on the study at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
About one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.
Olshan and his colleagues used data from the Carolina Breast Cancer Study to see how physical activity levels change after a breast cancer diagnosis.